- Page Count: 400
- Release Date: November 22, 2016
- My Rating: 1 star
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
Well this might be my most disappointing book of 2016. I was SO excited to see a YA fantasy book where the princess gets the girl, but that’s just about the only thing this book has going for it. Actually, even that fell short.
Dennaleia is engaged to a prince in a kingdom that would persecute her for her magic, but she falls in love with his sister Amaranthine instead. Awesome premise, but so poorly executed. The book jumps into the story without much character development or worldbuilding, and I don’t even know what’s up with the magic & religion stuff the book revolves around. The characters felt juvenile and everything was overly simplistic. Even Denna & Mare’s whole relationship felt awkward, forced, and just jumped from dislike to love.
It was a serious chore to push through the dull plot and I can’t say I really cared about any of it at any point. Sometimes a strong story can save weak writing, while strong writing can make a weak story still fun to read. Unfortunately, this book was weak on every front.
I still hope other publishers can find a similar story because the idea is awesome!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.